From: Victoria, Australia
Yes, it was largely a trial and error process for supply drops, which improved steadily as time went by an they found out what worked, what didn't. In a famous episode of "I luv those Ozzers" they even figured out ways to break down Arty and transport a few by air.
ID Number: 013751
Physical description: Black & white
Summary: 1942-12-07. NEW GUINEA. A 105MM M-3A1 HOWITZER COMPLETE WITH SPARES, TRACTOR AND AMMUNITION IS UNLOADED SOMEWHERE IN THE BATTLE AREA. THE GUN CREW ALSO CAME WITH THE GUN. PICTURE SHOWS THE CARGO CARRIED BY A BOEING B17F FLYING FORTRESS - THE PLANE CREW, AND THE GUN CREW. THEY ARE (LEFT TO RIGHT). STAFF SERGEANT R.J. SOIK (STEVENS, WIS.): CPL. JOHN POLISHEK (BENTON HARBOUR, MICH): PTE. E.A. BOSTON (TULIA, TEXAS): PTE. N. BARONI, (WALNUT GROVE, CALIF.): PTE. J.E. WILSON (KADOKA, SO. DAKOTA): PRIVATE FIST CLASS (PFC) DANIEL C. BLUMENSHEIN (ST. JOHN, WASH.), US ARMY: PTE. C.S. KAWALSKI (STEVENS POINT, WIS): LT. H.H. JACKSON, (RAPIDS, WIS) GUN COMMANDER: PTE. A.A. PIECORO. (COLOMBUS, OHIO) PTE. ROYCE L. SHEPHERD (DAWSON, GA) RADIO OPERATOR: STAFF SERGEANT H.B. TEDZAK, (SEATTLE, WASH) ENGINEER: 1ST LT. WILLIAM K. CULP (DENVER, COL) NAVIGATOR: CAPT. R.T. SCHUMACHER (SHAKOPEE, MINN.) PILOT. (NEGATIVE BY BOTTOMLEY).
Related subject: Artillery; 105 mm guns; Radio communication; Ammunition supply; Howitzers; Tractors; Douglas Dakota
Related unit: Artillery units; United States Air Force
Related place: New Guinea
Related conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
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(One day I will learn to spell - or check before posting....)
Uh oh, Firefox has a spell checker!! What excuse can I use now!!!